There are attractions around the world that many people will travel a great distance to lay their eyes on but not all tourist attractions are as peaceful as the sights of Iceland. There are also some of the scariest and terrifying places.
Glass Skywalk, China
The world’s tallest glass bottom bridge opened in 2016 in Zhangjiajie and let’s make one thing clear it is not for the faint-hearted. Anyone with a fear of heights or glass for that matter, might want to give this one a miss. The 430 meter long 1410 footbridge gives visitors views 300 meters 985 feet down into the lush green valley below. As if just walking across wasn’t scary enough, visitors in June 2016 witnessed a terrifying safety experiment involving a BBC journalists hitting the glass walkway full force with a sledgehammer.
Experience of it
The appeal of the Skywalk for many is that a stroll along its path can falsify the feeling of literally walking among the clouds. In that way, it is the ultimate scenic room that we’ve not walked it ourselves, we imagine it almost feels like flying. With a bridge becoming essentially invisible under your feet, it must make you feel like you’re floating through the air Peter Pan style and who hasn’t dreamed of being Peter Pan.
About other bridges of china
It’s not China’s only glass-bottom bridge. In recent years, they’ve actually become something of a trend over there. There’s the flower of sky, a U-shaped glass skywalk located in Chongqing, a 488 meter glass bridge at the Hongyagu Scenic Area in Shijiazhuang and many many more. But, the glass sky walk is the highest and has been used on occasion. As the source of a rather cruel prank in which a video effect on the glass makes it look as if the bridge beneath your feet is cracking.
Half Dome, Yosemite National Park
There may be some hikes that are a little more physically strenuous, some that stretch you to your limits but the Half Dome of Yosemite Valley takes the chance. Rising nearly 500 feet above Yosemite Valley and 8800 feet above sea level Half Dome is a Yosemite icon and a great challenge to many hikers. In 1865, report declared that it was perfectly inaccessible. Being probably, the only one of the prominent points about Yosemite which has never been and never will be trodden by human foot but many people now prove this untrue.
This well-known rock formation named for its distinctive shape and it’s now one of the most infamous hikes in the world. It’s one of the longest hikes in the entire Yosemite National Park and it’s definitely the most dangerous. It requires pretty much an entire day to reach the peak and doing so is not for the faint-hearted. Some hikers who have attempted the Half Dome hike never made it out on the other hand. we said this was mile walk in the park this Trek has quite literally killed people. Once one reaches the summit, the only way climbers can reach the very top is to rely on metal cables. It’s at this stage that some hikers have met their maker, some have slipped from the cables, others have fallen from the large and slick rocks found at the summit.
Truths about it
The rocks are particularly treacherous during the inclement weather. So, some people have even dubbed them the death slabs, some hikers have even died from spontaneous heart attacks. The whole climbing process is just so overwhelming. Some people think of climbing the Half Dome as an active invitation to the Grim Reaper – two people have even died at the summit from of all things, lightning strikes. Imagine scaling all the way, traversing the death slabs. Gripping tight to the cable only for a blast of lightning to strike you down as you reach the top. The god of death has a wicked sense of humor when it comes to this place.
Death Road, Bolivia
Death road in bolivia was not given that name as a misnomer, it may sound like the name of a Mad Max movie but it is in a very real place. Thrill seekers from all over the world are warned about this treacherous path known as one of the most adventurous and exhilarating activities in Bolivia. Biking down the historically dangerous death road is the ultimate extreme sport.
This notorious largely single lane road north of La Paz has no railings or safety features, not a single bar. Driving up or down this 43 mile 69 kilometers which back is extremely perilous due to fog. Landslides, cascades, and cliffs that dropped 2,000 feet 610 meters at every turn. The road seldom gets any wider than 10 feet 3 meters and many crosses stand as memorials to those who have perished there.
Truths about it
There were an estimated two to three hundred deaths per year in the 90’s alone. As a result, its proper name the Camino de losyungas has slowly been replaced by the not so affectionate nickname “death Road”. This not a kind of pleasant hillside bike ride, only expert cyclists need apply.
Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii
There are three active volcanoes in Hawaii, the most dangerous being Kilauea volcano on the big island. This shield volcanoes most recent major eruption was back in 1983 but as recently as 2014, lava flow from Kilauea came frighteningly close to reaching the town of Pahoa. A couple of centuries ago, over 400 people perished in the volcano’s eruption and the hawaii volcanoes national park system reports about 40 volcano related deaths per decade. Causes include a deadly mix of gases known as lava haze which can be particularly deadly for visitors who already suffer from asthma and/or heart conditions.
Truths about it
The most recent eruption was on May 3rd 2018 and Some volcanologist actually think that it is part of the same 1983 eruption, outbreaks of lava fountains up to 300 feet 90 meters high lava flows and volcanic gas in the Leilani Estates subdivision were preceded by earthquakes and ground deformation that created cracks in the roads. On May 4th, a 6.9 magnitude earthquake hit Puna. By May 27th 2018, 24 fissures had erupted lava in or near the Leilani estates and Lanipuna Gardens subdivision. The eruption forced the evacuation of approximately 2,000 residents. The Puna geothermal venture which provided one quarter of the islands electricity was forced to shut down and was later damaged by lava. the fissures had sent lava rivers that buried part of Hawaii route 137 on May 19th and began flowing into the ocean.
Yet despite all this, the volcano has remained a popular tourist attraction since the 1840’s with visitors given an intricate hazard map to help them navigate the safe parts of the area. In fact, the local businessman George Lycurgus and Benjamin Pittman ran a series of hotels at the rim. They offer beds, they offer breakfast and for anyone with asthma possible death. Now, it looks like Kilauea will erupt no time soon. Monitoring data over the past nine months have shown relatively low rates of seismicity. Deformation and sulfur dioxide emissions at the summit in East Rift zone including the area of the 2018 eruption but still with the air causing asthma even if it’s not a risk of exploding you might still want to keep your distance.
Snake Island, Brazil
Ilha da Queimada Grande is a beautiful island off the coast of Brazil in the Atlantic Ocean but don’t let its aesthetic grandeur trick you. The islands nickname should give you a better idea of what you can expect, snake island. This little island is small in size and has many different types of terrain ranging from Bear Rock to rainforest and a temperate climate. It is the only home of the critically endangered venomous Bothrops insularis also known as the golden lancehead which has a diet of birds. A snake that can rip birds out of the sky.
The story behind it
The snakes became trapped on the island when rising sea levels covered up the land that connected it to the mainland. The ensuing selection pressure allowed the snakes to adapt to their new environment. Increasing rapidly in population and rendering the island dangerous to public visitation, simply put there’s loads of snakes.
For a long time, locals of Brazil even had their own theories that the snakes were originally introduced by pirates in an attempt to protect treasure that had been buried on the island. With further study the truth is clearly what we’ve already said regarding tides but maybe that’s all a lie maybe they really were put there to guard the treasure and maybe these so-called snake experts who told us it’s because of tides are in league with the Pirates.
The golden lancehead pit viper is far from a little fella, on average they grow to a length of 70 centimeters but can on occasion grow to as long as 118 centimeters. At present, I don’t actually know how deadly their venom would be to humans that’s because with the species being pretty much confined to snake island which is off-limits, I don’t yet know what the golden lancehead is capable of. However, I have reason to believe their venom may be some of the most toxic out there. This is because other lands had snakes are responsible for more human mortality than any other group of snakes. Studies have shown their venom to be roughly 5 times stronger than that of the species of pit viper native to Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil.
At current estimates, there are two to four thousand Golden Lane pit vipers wriggling and writhing all over each other. To give that a little context, there’s a roundabout one deadly snake per each square foot although uninhabited now. People actually used to live there right up until the late 1920’s. When according to legends of Brazil, the local lighthouse keeper and his family were killed by Vipers that slithered through the windows. Today, the Navy periodically visits the lighthouse for upkeep and make sure no adventurers are wandering too close to the island.